"My name is Charles Prescott Barris. I have written pop songs, I have been a television producer. I am responsible for polluting airwaves with mind-numbing, puerile entertainment. In addition, I have murdered thirty-three human beings. I am damned to Hell." - Chuck Barris
Release: 31 December 2002 (USA)
The Pitch: Based on the "unauthorised autobiography" of Chuck Barris, creator and host of such TV classics as The Dating Game and The Gong Show. Barris claims to have worked for the CIA as a hitman at the same time that he was working on TV, chaperoning contestants around the world. Truth? Baloney? And if baloney, why make up such stuff? Charlie spins things just enough to let us decide for ourselves.
Director: George Clooney
Cast: Sam Rockwell (Chuck Barris), Drew Barrymore (Penny), George Clooney (Jim Byrd), Julia Roberts (Patricia Watson)
The 3rd draft of the screenplay is available for download via the Scripts/Writing section of this website.